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Maine Harvest for Hunger Featured on WVII

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine Harvest for Hunger program was the focus of the latest installment of the “Backyard Gardener” series on WVII (Channel 7). John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with UMaine Extension, spoke about the importance of the program that provides produce and recipes for those in need. This week, Master Gardener Volunteers at the Orono Community Garden will harvest greens for about 50 local senior citizens. Since Maine Harvest for Hunger began about 15 years ago, it has provided more than 1.6 million pounds of food for community members, according to the report.

Master Gardener Training Offered in Skowhegan

Master Gardener Training Offered in SkowheganUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training will be held Mondays, Sept. 8 through Nov. 17, 2014, and Mondays, Jan. 19 through Feb. 9, 2015. Classes will meet 6–9 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Somerset County Office, County Drive, Skowhegan.

UMaine and state specialists will present 15 three-hour gardening sessions focused on vegetables, fruit and volunteerism. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and, following the course, work on educationally based, volunteer projects. Projects may include assisting people taking part in community vegetable gardens and/or school gardens, designing and creating displays for fairs and other public functions and answering public calls and requests.

Cost is $220; scholarships are available. The course features an online manual and requires an Internet connection. For more information, to request an application or disability accommodation, or if interested and do not have reliable Internet access, call Pete Bastien, 207.474.9622, 800.287.1495 (in Maine). Completed applications are due by Aug. 22, 2014.

UMaine Extension 4-H Offers Bug Club

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a youth 4-H club focusing on entomology from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 4–20, at the UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias. Activities are designed to teach youth ages 8–10 about the environment through bugs. Cost is $10 per child; registration is limited to 10. For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.255.3345 or email nicole.h.willey@maine.edu.

MS Mentions Maine New Leadership Program

The Morning Sentinel noted that Sara Poirier of Winslow, a political science major at Saint Joseph’s College, attended Maine New Leadership, a free, nonpartisan public leadership education program for college women at the University of Maine. The annual program, sponsored by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at UMaine, teaches participants skills and provides networks to empower them to become civic and public leaders.

Pen Bay Pilot Previews Pathways to Past

The Pen Bay Pilot advanced the University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum’s Heritage Day Camp for youth to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 7–11. The hands-on camp, titled Pathways to the Past, will immerse children ages 7 to 11 in activities representative of 19th-century Maine. Cost is $65 for museum members, $75 for nonmembers. To register, call 207.581.4100.

Haskell Facilitates Facilitation

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor Jane Haskell specializes in strengthening skills of group facilitators so meetings can be conducted effectively and efficiently. Fishermen and graduate students are among her more than 400 clients.

This summer, Haskell, who has authored a national facilitation-training curriculum, is working with members of Wabanaki Nations.

She’s also researching how to buoy skills of facilitators who assist refugees. Specifically, she’s studying how American-born, English-speaking facilitators and group leaders ask for feedback from refugees who have recently arrived in the United States.

Refugees, she says, may not have positive experience with regard to giving comments in a formal group setting and may not understand the concept from a Western perspective or framework.

Haskell and a colleague who specializes in immigration and refugees issues are exploring how to best partner with refugees so that their perspectives are heard and understood in Maine.

Learn to Be a Locavore

The 6th Annual Backyard Locavore Day, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in six gardens in Brunswick and Freeport. This self-guided tour will be held independent of the weather.

Learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore — a person who eats food locally grown and produced. Demonstrations and talk topics include vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, greenhouses, beekeeping and backyard poultry. Each garden session will feature food-preservation methods, including drying, hot water bath canning and making herbal vinegars and jam. Complimentary food samples will be provided. UMaine Extension Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver Volunteers, as well as homeowners, will answer questions.

Cost is $15 for those who register in advance, $20 the day of event and free for children younger than 12. Registrants will receive a booklet with a map and descriptions of each site. Proceeds benefit UMaine Extension’s Cumberland County Food Preservation Program. Online registration and information are available at umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/locavore. Also, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine), or email lois.elwell@maine.edu.

Page Farm Opens Pathways to Past

The University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum’s Heritage Day Camp for youth 7 to 11 years of age will be held July 7–11. At the hands-on camp, titled Pathways to the Past, children are immersed in activities considered fundamental for survival in 19th century Maine, including gardening. Cost for the camp, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is $65 for museum members/$75 for nonmembers. To register or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.4100.

Portland Press Covers Commission Studying Ocean Acidification

The Portland Press Herald ran an article about a new state commission created by the Maine Legislature that will study the impact of ocean acidification on shellfish. Rep. Mick Devin, a University of Maine marine biologist who sponsored the legislation creating the panel, is a co-chair. UMaine oceanography Professor Larry Mayer is also on the panel.

Summer Technology Camp Mentioned in Press Herald Article

A University of Maine-affiliated Summer Technology Camp offered in Orono by the startup High Touch Courses was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about the business and its founder Elizabeth Chabe.

High Touch Courses aims to create online courses for middle and high school students who want to learn about computer programming, Web development and video game design, according to the article. The summer camp, co-located at UMaine, is an intensive, project-based overnight and day camp for students who want to change the world with technology. Four weeklong courses will be offered on topics including Web design, 3-D art and graphic design, game development, and hardware architecture.


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